This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point).
From Monday's Reading: 1 Samuel 18:1-4; 20:1-4, 30-33, 41-42
- David didn’t forget Jonathan, even after his friend’s death in battle (cf. 2 Samuel 1:4). When he was established as king in Israel, David sought out a surviving son of Jonathan (crippled by a childhood accident) and gave him an honored place at the royal court (cf. 2 Samuel 9:1-7). In what ways do you see David’s enduring friendship for Jonathan as foreshadowing Jesus’ eternally lasting friendship in giving you a place in God’s family?
From Tuesday's Reading: Acts 11:25-26, Revelation 3:10-12
- What does your name mean? Do you know why your parents chose that name for you? Do you like your name? How has your name shaped your view of yourself and of your place in the world, positively or negatively? When the poetic image of Revelation comes true and God gifts you with a new name (cf. Revelation 2:17, 3:12), what personal meaning do you want that name to carry?
From Wednesday's Reading: Matthew 18:12-14, John 15:15
- Scholar William Barclay said because Jesus called us friends, “no longer do we need to gaze longingly at God from afar off; we are not like slaves who have no right whatever to enter into the presence of the master; we are not like a crowd whose only glimpse of the king is in the passing on some state occasion. Jesus gave us this intimacy with God, so that he is no longer a distant stranger, but our close friend.” *** In what ways do you accept, value and nurture your friendship with Jesus?
From Friday's Reading: Titus 2:11-14
- In John Wesley’s class-conscious England, where he launched the Methodist movement, many people thought the Christian faith was only for the “proper” people. Wesley, like Paul before him, knew that the good news was for all people. Wesley once wrote in his journal about a group he’d preached to, “I am apt to think many of the hearers scarcely ever heard a Methodist before, or perhaps any other preacher….Are not their souls also precious in the sight of God?” Who do you know who is precious to God with whom you might share the good news of Jesus?